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Cultural Tourism

There is a general agreement, among both scholars and practitioners, that tourism is nowadays inherently cultural, being more than the consumption of past culture (heritage tourism), and also the consumption of the present culture, including contemporary cultural production and the way of life in a certain locality.

The concept of cultural tourism clearly depends on the conceptualization of culture. As this is not the focus of this entry, it is easier to provide some examples of activities that could be included under cultural tourism: art venues and events, heritage sites, religious sites, rural landscapes, experience of communities and traditions, pop culture, venues related to the creative industries, food and gastronomy, language-learning vacations, sites related to the industrial heritage or the current industrial production, military landscape or ...

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